Lady Gaga Lays Smackdown on Christian Fundamentalist, Goes Country

Two years ago, Lady Gaga released a series of video diaries shot in black and white/Truth or Dare documentary style fashion known as Gagavision. Well, guess what has returned just in time to expose her run-in with a Christian fundamentalist picketer outside her show Anaheim, California last week!

Basically, this is what happened. She noticed a man holding a sign declaring “Trust in Christ or End in Hell” as he handed out “Get Out of Hell Free” cards to passersby. She rolled down her car windows directly in front of him and the confrontation that followed went something like this (starts at 2:20 mark):

– “Hi. I’m Lady Gaga.”
– “So?”
– [laughs] “Well, hello!”
– [holding up a Get Out Of Hell Free card] “That’s gonna happen one day, darlin.”
– “Well, they better open up the gate! You know, we really believe in God at my show.”
– “Yea, well your pervert ways don’t quite equate to what God is all about.”
– “My pervert ways?”
– “Yea, you know – the homo stuff.”

“Don’t you think it’s hurtful,” Gaga started to say, but was interrupted by the man who added, “It’s in a black book, with gold edges, a little ribbon.” When Gaga tried to defend herself by saying that she attended a Catholic school for 13 years, the man only further insulted her by adding, “That’s probably most of your problem that you got raised in a screwy religion.”

Gaga sums up the whole interaction with a simple “there’s 3,000 people standing in my line and nobody’s standing in your line.”

Meanwhile, Gaga has re-recorded “Born This Way,” adding new layers of swirling guitars, mandolin and harmonica accompaniment and christened it the “Country Road Edition,” which I’ve decided is better than the thumpa thumpa “Express Yourself” remake. The country remix also switches up the lyrics that play up the track’s laid back, Southern vibe:

“If I wanna make it country, baby, it’s OK
‘Cause I was born, I was born, I was born this way
From London, Paris, Japan back to USA
I was born on the road, I was born to be brave.”
What do you guys think?


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  1. Maybe this man was afraid to have a fair discussion, because a pause on his part would have led to uncovering the truth against him.

  2. I love Gaga, but, objectively, she should probably stick to pop. Country isn’t the best genre for a pop star to try to get into anyway.

  3. I only use my “get out of hell free” cards after lesbian orgies. I’m running low; where can I find that guy?

  4. “There’s 3,000 people standing in my line and nobody’s standing in your line.” blammo!

    • note: blammo is my personal (lame-ish?) way of saying something along the lines of ‘oh snap.’ (assuming there’s something lamer than ‘oh snap,’ which clearly there is.

      • “BLAMMO!” is the best way to deliver a point, methinks. You’re talking to someone who’s not listening and just nodding along, la la la, then BLAMMO! Now he or she’s paying attention.

        In conclusion, blammo.

  5. having had some nasty run ins with these types of people at rallies and in some counseling i do in the LGBT community, i applaud lady gaga for her controlled, rational response….i would have, no doubt, opted for the much more immature and irrational approach, a curt “fuck you asshole!”

    which puts me in the uncomfortable position of admitting that lady gaga is a far classier lady than I

  6. (I so needed to hear this today. Went to see movie about surfer girl, got unknowingly slammed with not-homophobic but still unexpected and overdone doctrine every 10 mins). Can someone please write about this trend????

    Back on topic… protesters at Pride last year.
    I wish Gaga had been there. I love her response to this. So classy!

  7. The awesome thing about those get out of hell free cards is that Kate Bornstein (a trans LGBT activist: has also made them and hands them out at all of her presentations. I have one in my wallet that I keep on my person at all times, just in case.

  8. I love the country version.
    Which says a lot, since usually harmonicas and/or anything remotely close to country music generally makes me switch stations/ignore/plug my ears and go “moogamoogamooga.”

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